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BrouHaHa: Of Course You Realize This Means War! 

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Rebound relationships are notoriously desperate, ill-conceived things. Jimmy Binns is on the rebound from the Noble Fool, the Loop comedy theater that failed abruptly and expensively last spring. You can imagine how brokenhearted he must have been as its artistic director. Actually, you don't have to imagine. This new comedy revue, which Binns conceived and directed, opens with a speech about his bad experience. I applaud the guy for picking himself up, dusting himself off, etc--but it's clearly far too soon for him to be dating a new troupe. There are some potentially funny and/or intriguing bits here: a mock alert about an attempt to assassinate SpongeBob SquarePants, President Bush tap-dancing to "I've Got the World on a String." Everything I saw opening night, however, bore the classic earmarks of the rebound. It was all sloppy and confused and it tried way too hard. Through 4/9: Fri-Sat 10:11 PM. Bailiwick Arts Center, 1229 W. Belmont, 773-883-1090. $10 through 3/12, $12 thereafter.

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